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How To Register for Tax – See Methods

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is the nation’s tax collecting authority. Established in terms of the South African Revenue Service Act 34 of 1997 as an autonomous agency, we are responsible for administering the South African tax system and customs service.


How To Register for Tax

There are three ways to register for tax:

– Auto registration for Personal Income Tax

When you register for SARS eFiling for the first time and you do not yet have a personal income tax number, SARS will automatically register you and issue a tax reference number. Note that you must have a valid South African ID.


Easy Steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Select ‘Register Now’
  3. Follow the prompts
  4. Request a Notice of Registration – it will reflect your income tax registration number

– Register through your employer via SARS eFiling:

You can also register for SARS eFiling on the SARS MobiApp and follow the same steps.

SARS eFiling offers the SARS registration function which allows employers to submit employee income tax registrations to SARS. For more information, see the following guide: GEN-ENR-01-G08 – Tax Reference Number TRN Enquiry Services on eFiling – External Guide.


– Register at your nearest SARS branch:

Visit your nearest SARS branch to register for Personal Income Tax. Make sure you take along the necessary supporting documents.  Remember to make an appointment before you visit a branch.

Please note that visits to SARS branches will be limited during the lockdown period

Unsure whether you are registered or not? Ask your employer, or use the SARS online Query function or call our SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277.

Top Tip: SARS won’t provide your tax number to another person unless the person is your tax practitioner or has Power of Attorney (POA) to conduct your tax affairs.



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